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The Flute in Scotland from the Sixteenth to the Eighteenth Century

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Elizabeth C. Ford

It is a generally accepted truth that the flute was unknown in Scotland prior to 1725, and that it was played exclusively by wealthy men. Upon examination, these beliefs are demonstrably false. This book explores the role of the flute in Scottish musical life, primarily in the long eighteenth century, including players, repertoire, manuscripts, and instruments. Evidence for ladies having played the flute is also examined, as are possible connections between flute playing and bagpipe playing. Reasons for the flute’s disappearance from the pantheon of Scottish instruments are considered, and interviews with contemporary flute players in Scotland depict flute playing in contemporary Scotland. This work fills a major gap in knowledge of Scottish musical life and flute history.

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amateur musicians 5, 7, 10, 12, 9–66

gentlemen 9–35

ladies 45–65

lower-class men 35–45

bagpipes xviii, 75 (n), 113 (n), 116, 117, 146, 158, 170–172, 176–177

Nicholson, William 43, 45

overlaps with flute 113 (n), 116, 146, 170–172

overlaps with flute repertoire 113 (n), 116

pastoralism 6

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